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Bought my Forester three weeks or so back, but this last weekend saw the first round of (minor) updates.

The first couple of things were done at Pronto Brake and Muffler in Oxnard, CA (my brother has worked there for years). At some point, a cheap generic replacement muffler had been attached, and the production welds on the muffler itself were starting to crack, making for an annoying rattle at the rear under acceleration. After cutting it off and then holding several different mufflers up to the open pipe, we decided a small two-chamber Flowmaster had the right combination of growl without any harsh noise. It was capped off with a black, angle cut rectangular tip. While it was up on the lift, the broken front swaybar link was also replaced. (Holy crap, it actually corners now!)

After departing Pronto, I backed it up into the driveway at home and replaced the taillights with '08 Sport units. I also popped the door panels loose, replacing the stock speakers with coaxials from Memphis.

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Next weekend, Plans are to do the front. The right front headlight is fogging up, so I have a pair of Sport pieces on their way to replace those. While I have the bumper off, I may also do something with the foglights and that grille, too.
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That should complete my first round of mods. Next will likely be suspension (Swift/Koni), followed soon after by wheels/tires. I can't tell you guys how much help all of the threads on this forum have been to me so far, from the galleries to muffler sizing for an NA, to sizing on the replacement speakers... Thank you all!

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Won't have time to do the headlight swap until Sunday, probably. Will post pics after. Swift springs and Koni strut inserts are on their way, so I can likely work on that next weekend.
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Swift Springs already arrived, but the strut inserts won't be here until later this week. In the meantime, I pulled the front bumper off, and replaced the leaky headlight assemblies with Sport units.
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That took very little time, so next I installed some aftermarket "billet" grilles that I had previously painted black.
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With that done, I removed the broken stock foglights, and replaced them with a pair of 3-1/2" projectors. Then it was just a matter of putting it all back on the front of the car.
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I am enjoying the less blingy, blacked-out look.

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Doing the Koni inserts and Swift springs. Hardest part so far is drilling out the bottom of the strut housing hole to 1/2".
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Update: Springs and struts installed. Super happy with the setup so far, but may back the front strut valving off a little.
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I will say that installing the WRX sized inserts into the Forester strut housings requires an extra 3/4" or so to be trimmed from the tops of the housings, but other than that, the process went pretty much as expected.
 

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I was working on a bunch of bicycle projects today...
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But while I was doing that, I figured paint could be drying. I pulled my C-pillar trims off...
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And painted them black.
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